VISION AND VALUES

WHO WE ARE

We exist for the purpose of reaching and growing people across the street and around the world in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. That’s it, that’s us in a nutshell! We want to reach out to our community and world to help them know who Jesus Christ is and the difference that He can make in their lives.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Matthew 28:18-20

Carolina Forest Community Church began as a vision placed on the hearts of a small group of believers from Pawley’s Island Baptist Church. In February of 1997 this group began meeting, praying and preparing for the Carolina Forest community and the church that God was planting there. On September 7, 1997, we celebrated with our first official worship service at Carolina Forest Elementary School, with over 300 people in attendance.

In March of 2000, we continued our quest to reach the unchurched and moved into the current multi-purpose facility that lies on 25 acres in the heart of Carolina Forest.

Following the example that Jesus himself set, CFCC is a “come as you are” and “meet people where they are” style of ministry. CFCC continues to grow in membership and outreach, encompassing people from all walks of life and nurturing men at their various levels of spiritual maturity.

You could say that these are the six hills we are willing to die on.
These values, which are built upon Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, are an important part of how we display our unique personality as a church.


Intimacy With God Through Christ

Christianity is about relationship, not religion. Often times religion would tell you that church attendance or involvement is what God requires of you. This is about your personal devotion to God, this is not about your spouse, kids, or a close friend’s relationship with Him. As a church family, we desire that we all surrender to Christ on a daily basis. Like our earthly relationships, a relationship with Christ requires time with Him. God wants your devotion.

Come, let us bow down in worship. Let us kneel before the Lord our maker, for he is our God.
Psalm 95:6

Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.
Isaiah 55:6


Authentic Relationships

Somewhere along the way, church became known as a place where people must fake their way through life. However, we value creating an environment where there are no masks. You don’t have to fake it. We want you to be able to be real about where you are in life. We aren’t interested in being a church where a lot of people get together for an inspiring service but never move beyond the causal relationship of an auditorium. Our desire is for you to be able to engage in authentic, transparent relationships here at CFCC.

We loved you so much that we gave you not only God’s Good News, but our very lives as well.
1 Thessalonians 2:8

So put away all falsehood and tell your neighbor the truth, because we belong to each other.
Ephesians 4:25


Life Transformation

CFCC is a place for people on every part of the spiritual journey, from those just investigating whether there is a God, to those who have made following Christ the priority of their life. This is a safe place for everyone. But safe doesn’t mean serene. The Bible presents a dangerous message of life change. We expect every person to be moving closer to being the complete image of Christ in every area of life. This is not always a comfortable process. In fact, we often grow only when we are pushed out of our comfort zones.

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God continually transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.
Romans 12:2

You must display a new nature because you are a new person, created in God’s likeness-righteous, holy and true.
Ephesians 4:24


God’s Unique Design of People

Although we desire unity, we never expect uniformity. We celebrate the uniqueness of each person. The Bible compares the church to the body of Christ. Each person plays a vital part in our church. When CFCC is functioning as the body of Christ, we are in effect the closest thing to Christ that a watching world will see until His return.

He is the one who gave these gifts to us to be apostles, prophets, evangelists and pastors and teachers, to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.
Ephesians 4:12

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things that he planned for us long ago.
Ephesians 2:10


Community Impact

We understand that God’s calling on our church is to go beyond just serving inside the walls of our church. We are constantly looking for opportunities to honor God by serving others.

You are the light of the world-like a city on a mountain glowing in the night for all to see.
Matthew 5:14

When the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you will receive power and will tell people about me everywhere- in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
Acts 1:7


Generosity Through Sacrificial Living

We acknowledge that the Christian life is not about us. We have been given life to exalt Jesus as our supreme treasure and we show that value by what we are willing to risk or sacrifice to have more of Him.

All the believers were of one heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. Selling their possessions and goods they gave to anyone as they had need.
Acts 2:44; 4:32

I. THE SCRIPTURES

We believe literally in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as inspired of God and of supreme and final authority in faith and life. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21)

II. THE TRIUNE GOD

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14) Father: (Ephesians 4:6); Son: (Hebrews 1:8); Holy Spirit: (John 14:16-17).

III. THE FALL

We believe angels were all originally created holy, but under the leadership of Satan, some angels now exist in a fallen state (Jude 6; Revelation 12). The first man, Adam, created in the image of God, sinned. Man thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God. Consequently, all human beings are born with the sinful nature. (Romans 3:23, 5:12; Genesis 1:26-27; Psalm 51:5)

IV. INCARNATION

We believe Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and is fully God and fully man. (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:20-21; Luke 1:35-36; Hebrews 10:12; Philippians 2:5-8; John 14:8-12; 1 Timothy 2:5-6)

V. JUSTIFICATION

We believe the Lord Jesus Christ lived a sinless life and died for our sins as our substitutionary sacrifice according to the Scriptures, and all who receive Him by faith are justified on the basis of His shed blood. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, His bodily ascension into Heaven, and that He sits at the right hand of God the Father. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Colossians 1:14; Ephesians 1:4-9; Romans 5:8-10; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Timothy 1:15) (Hebrews 7:25, 9:24, 10:21; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 1 John 2:1; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Acts 1:9-11)

VI. SANCTIFICATION

We believe the Holy Spirit exists eternally with the Father and the Son; His ministry is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. During this present age He convicts men (John 16:8); regenerates the believing sinner (Titus 3:5); places believers into the body of Christ by His baptism (1 Corinthians 12:13); and indwells (1Corinthians 6:19); seals (Ephesians 4:30); and fills (Ephesians 5:18) every believer. He guides (Romans 8:14), instructs (John 16:12-15), and empowers the believer for godly living and service.

We believe that believers in Christ are sanctified and set apart unto God for His service:

  • At the moment a person trusts Christ for salvation.
    (1 Corinthians 1:2, 6:11; Hebrews 10:10, 14)
  • Daily by the reading of the Word and by the teaching of the Holy Spirit.
    (Psalm 119:11; Ephesians 5:25-26; John 17:17; Galatians 5:16; Romans 8:4)
  • Ultimately when the believer comes into the actual presence of the Lord.
    (1 Corinthians 15:51-58; 1 John 3:2; 1 Peter 1:4-6; Jude 24-25)

VII. THE CHURCH

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, which is His Body, the Church. (Ephesians 1:22-23, 4:1-16; Colossians 1:15-18; Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27)
We believe water baptism and the Lord’s Table are the two main ordinances of the church and are for all born-again believers:

  • The ordinance of baptism is for those who have personally accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. Baptism is an outward manifestation and testimony of the spiritual change which occurred in the believer’s life when they accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Our mode of baptism is immersion because it more closely typifies the believer’s relationship with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. (Matthew 28:19; Acts 8:36-38)
  • The Lord’s Table will be observed regularly. It is symbolic of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, and is open to all Christians who are walking in fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:17-34)

VIII. CHRIST’S RETURN

We believe in the imminent, personal return of Christ to rapture out His Church and the premillenial return of Christ (the second coming) to the earth with His Church. (1 Thessalonians 1:8-10, 4:14-18, 5:9; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3; Revelation 2:1-3)

XI. ETERNITY

We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost in the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:11-15, 21:8; Acts 24:14-15; John 5:28-29; Luke 16:19-31)

Rick Adkins

Rick Adkins

Lead Pastor radkins@carolinaforest.org

Charles Fox

Charles Fox

Family Pastor
cfox@carolinaforest.org

Brody Hillman

Outreach Pastor bhillman@carolinaforest.org

Kerry Lembcke

Sports Ministry Director klembcke@carolinaforest.org

Diane Moore

Diane Moore

Financial Administrator dmoore@carolinaforest.org

Stephen Forrer

Facilities Director sforrer@carolinaforest.org

Carolyn Cloutier

Children’s Ministry Director ccloutier@carolinaforest.org

Tyler Edwards

Discipleship Pastor tedwards@carolinaforest.org

Michael Dutcher

Worship Leader mdutcher@carolinaforest.org

Justin Michal

Tech and Media Director 
jmichal@carolinaforest.org

Tom Critelli

Ministry Assistant 
tcritelli@carolinaforest.org